THE Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), on Friday threw its support behind the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups in their call for the Igbo to leave the region by October 1, 2017.
The forum frowned at the position of the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) and noted its “disappointment” with the NGF Northern Governors’ Forum for disowning the youth groups.
The spokesman of the NFF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, told newsmen in Zaria on Friday, that it was hypocritical for the Igbo to continue to live in other parts of the country while agitating for Nigeria’s break up.
Ango said: “I am disappointed in the decision taken by Northern Governors’ Forum disowning and condemning the agitation by this young agile and progressive youth groups.
Saying that what the northern youth groups did was not a sin, he noted that whoever feels Nigeria “is not conducive for him” he should quit.
“Let me ask, these Northern governors, whom are they representing, are they representing spirits, ghost or people of the north?
“Recently, people from eastern part of this country, specifically Igbo, were busy calling for the Sovereign State of Biafra and from all indication their leaders including governors are behind them.”
He noted that no northern governor reacted to the persistent call for the actualisation of Biafra and other agitations and pointed out that when Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) was released on bail recently, several personalities from the South-West and South-East in over 100 vehicles escorted him to his residence.
Said the don: “This is somebody who has been agitating for the breakup of Nigeria but his people were behind him, therefore, I am behind the youths.
“This is because the Northern youths are pushed to the wall, we have been calming them down in any event similar to this.”
Ango said, “these people always pretend that the North is cheating them, not minding the fact that Southern Nigeria was developed by resources from the North.
“Look for a book written by Adamu FiKa, the Waziri of FiKa on Nigeria’s budget before and after independence.
“Each year, up to the time Nigeria gained its independence, none of the two regions was able to provide for itself.
“The Western and Eastern regions had no money to effectively run the affairs of its region until they get financial support from the Northern region.”
He recalled that the tradition had remained during the colonial masters and nothing changed after they left the country.
Ango said it was the same money from the North that was used to construct Nigerian Railways, refineries and other facilities.
“First oil exploration was conducted using money from groundnut pyramid, cotton, hide and skin among other cash crops from Northern Nigeria.
“However, these people tend to forget all these goodies provided by the North toward ensuring the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.
“They always look down on us, feeling that Northerners are parasites in this country,” he said.